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Richmond beats NC State for 1st time in program history

December 18, 2021 GMT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Grant Golden scored 19 points, Jacob Gilyard had 13 points and 10 assists for the senior’s fourth career double-double, and Richmond won its fourth straight in beating N.C. State 83-74 at the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout on Friday night.

Richmond (7-4) beat N.C. State for the first time in program history, moving to 1-5.

Gilyard cut to the rim and finished a nice pass from Nathan Cayo to extend Richmond’s lead to 76-71 with 1:20 left. Gilyard added two free throws at 58.3 to make it 78-73. N.C. State went 1 of 2 at the line and Richmond did the same at the other end with 36.4 left.

N.C. State missed a long 3-pointer, but got the offensive rebound and Matt Grace made a key block of Dereon Seabron’s shot under the basket. Gilyard made it a three-possession lead with two free throws.

Tyler Burton added 16 points with 8 rebounds for Richmond. Nathan Cayo scored all 14 of his points in the first half, doubling his season average.

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The difference came at the free-throw line. Richmond entered ranked last in the Atlantic 10 Conference in free-throw percentage at 63%, and made 14 of 18 (78%) while N.C. State was 21 of 34 (62%).

N.C. State made its first five 3-pointers before going 2 of 15 the rest of the way.

Seabron had 21 points and 13 rebounds for N.C. State (7-4), his seventh double-double of the season. Terquavion Smith added 18 points and 9 of 10 free throws. Cam Hayes scored 16 points.

Seabron reached 20 points for the fifth time this season, pulling N.C. State within 72-70. He also grabbed an offensive rebound on the possession. Richmond answered at the other end on Golden’s basket in the lane for a four-point lead, and Seabron missed two free throws on the next possession.

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